Thursday, July 09, 2009

Self-defense is Legal in North Carolina

No charges filed against Sneads Ferry man who shot intruders He shot a guy breaking into his home. He defended himself. That's legal.
Landon Crews, of Crows Nest Lane, shot 18-year-old Cyle Norris early Monday morning. Detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff's Department said Norris was trying to crawl through a broken window when Crews shot him in the right forearm with No. 7 shot from a 12-gauge shotgun.

Norris and three other local men were charged with first-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.
The article contains a long passage from the relevant NC law.
"The long and the short of it is he didn't break the law," Sheriff Ed Brown said.
Since Crews warned these four repeatedly before they finally broke that window, you have to wonder what they were thinking. Maybe you could file this under "stupid criminals" because they didn't believe there would be a response.

In the final analysis, I don't care about that. Four bad guys are in the system and the good guy is safe.

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0. (Well, there is one "person of interest" still being sought by police....) [via KABA]

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